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Balderton Nottinghamshire
Eric Johnson was born in 1896 at Balderton and was the son of Frank a maltsters labourer and Sarah Johnson née Peacock of 75 Grove Street, Balderton. His father Frank was born in 1859 at Bathley and his mother Sarah Peacock was born in 1859 in Huntingdon, they were married in 1883 their marriage was recorded in the Southwell Registration district, they went on to have the following children, Mary b1885 Bathley, Edgar b1887 Bathley, George William b1884 Edingley, Frederick b1889 Bathely, Annie Peacock b1891 Bathley, Frank Wilfred b1893 Balderton, Eric b1896 Balderton, Thomas Peacock b1899 Balderton and May Ellen Johnson b1905 Balderton. In the 1911 census the family are living at 75 Grove Street Balderton Newark and are shown as Frank 52 yrs a maltsters labour, he is living with is wife Sarah 52 yrs and their children, George William 27 yrs a blacksmith apprentice, Frederick 22 yrs a nurseryman, Annie Peacock 20 yrs a laundry worker, Eric 15 yrs a domestic gardener, Thomas Peacock 12 yrs a scholar, May Ellin 6 yrs. His family moved to Leicester and were living at 120 Green Lane Road, Leicester when Eric was killed
In 1911 he was a domestic gardener worked for Messrs. Oldham & Bailey, at the New Balderton nurseries.
22 Jun 1917
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Lance Corporal
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Lance Corporal Ric John residing at Leicester when he enlisted at Newark, he served with the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment in November 1914. He landed in France on 28th June 1915 and was killed in action on 22nd June 1917 and is buried at Loos British Cemetery Grave Reference: XIX A 10
Article published in the Newark Herald on 7th July 1917 :- Second youngest son of Mr & Mrs Johnson of Leicester (formerly of New Balderton). Educated at Balderton School, attended the Wesleyan Church and was a sergeant in the Wesleyan Boys Brigade. Upon leaving school he worked for Messrs. Oldham & Bailey, at the New Balderton nurseries. Then went as apprentice to the fitting at Ransomes. He joined the local regiment in Nov. 1914 and volunteered for active service at Dunstable camp in July 1915, going out to France shortly afterwards. He was home on furlough in Feb. 1917. No. 8 platoon were only just filing into a trench when the enemy sent a few rifle grenades over, one of which fell near Eric.
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